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Creating Insecurity: art and culture in the age of security
edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

contributors:
Giorgio Agamben | Konrad Becker | Bureau of Inverse Technology | Geoff Cox | Florian Cramer | glorious ninth | Brian Holmes | carlos katastrofsky | Martin Knahl | Norbert Koppensteiner | Daniela Ingruber | The Institute for Applied Autonomy | Naeem Mohaiemen | Mukul Patel | Luis Silva | Wolfgang Sützl | Tiziana Terranova | McKenzie Wark


publication date:
2009

 


'Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralisation of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of public administration until the first half of the twentieth century, now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become itself terrorist.'

Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article 'On Security and Terror'), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11, and the 'sole criterion of political legitimation'. But security – reducing plural, spontaneous and surprising phenomena to a level of calculability – also seems to operate against a political legitimacy based on possibilities of dissent, and stands in clear opposition to artistic creativity. Being uncalculable by nature, art is often incompatible with the demands of security and consequently viewed as a 'risk', leading to the arrest of artists, and a neutralisation of innovative environments for the sake of security.

Yet precisely the position of art outside the calculable seems to bring about a new politicisation of art, and some speak of art as 'politics by other means'. Has art become the last remaining enclave of a critique of violence? Yet how 'risky' can art be?

The contributors to DATA browser 04: CREATING INSECURITY address these questions at the intersection of art, technology, and politics.


details:

Title CREATING INSECURITY
Authors Various contributors, edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox
Publisher Autonomedia (DATA browser 04)
Copyright 2009 (all texts released under a Creative Commons License)
ISBN 978-1-57027-205-9
Pages 208, Paper Perfectbound
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contents:

CREATING INSECURITY - INTRODUCTION Wolfgang Sützl
ON SECURITY AND TERROR     Giorgio Agamben
CRITIQUE OF SOFTWARE SECURITY Geoff Cox & Martin Knahl
BUFFER OVERFLOWS Florian Cramer
VIR.US.EXE     Luis Silva / carlos katastrofsky
GLOBAL SECURITY ALLIANCE     Konrad Becker
LANGUAGES OF SURPRISE     Wolfgang Sützl
LISTS OF INSTABILITY     glorious ninth
SECURITY AESTHETIC = SYSTEM PANIC     Brian Holmes
SECURITY MANIA     Daniela Ingruber
A BRIEF HISTORY OF REALTIME     Mukul Patel
IMPLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY     The Institute for Applied Autonomy
ON MOVING     Norbert Koppensteiner
MY MOBILE WEIGHS A TON     Naeem Mohaiemen
ANTITERROR LINE     Bureau of Inverse Technology
THE OCCULTED STATE     McKenzie Wark
FAILURE TO COMPLY     Tiziana Terranova
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS    

The DATA browser series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of culture and technology.